2023 Poster Artist – Anne Schroeder
The Florida keys were Anne’s home for most of her life. She spent a great deal of time boating, snorkeling and diving the once stunning reefs. Exploring the Florida bay back country was another wonderful adventure! Shells, feathers & driftwood were her treasures. Anne started creating art at a very young age. Thanks to a wonderful local art guild who provided art students with awards of supplies, she was able to learn how to work with many different media. At 16, she received a scholarship to Ringling School of Arts and at 18 she won a scholarship to study in Italy, through Florida International University in conjunction with the University of Bologna, Italy. It was 2004 when the feathers became a prominent fixture in her work. Anne loved how the patterns you find on feathers duplicated the patterns and colors you find on the reef and it’s tropical fish. She created collages, jewelry and finally started painting on the feathers.
Anne does not dye the feathers and only rarely cut them to trim or shape. All the feathers used are naturally shed and are responsibly & legally sourced from parrot rescues, private owners, & rare bird breeders.
Anne’s work has been featured on PBS television’s Art Loft series: Episode #249 & # 349 which can be viewed on YouTube. You can see her largest works, to date, installed at the Christian Louboutin boutique in the Miami Design District. Anne was commissioned to create a tryptic of feather collages, each being 8 feet tall by 4 feet wide. In September of 2017, Hurricane Irma flooded her Florida Keys apartment and that October she moved to her new home in Fort Myers were she now resides full time.